NewsRadio 990AM, Richmond

History

 

The 990AM frequency has a long, prominent tradition in Richmond. Signed on for the first time in 1951, under the call letters WANT, 990AM was one of the top African-American music stations in the United States through the 1950s and 1960s and was one of the top revenue-producing medium market stations in the country well into the early 1980s. During its three decades of prominence, Richmond's WANT was the developing ground for numerous individuals who have gone on to great success in the radio industry, including Ben Miles, Kirby Carmichael and Mel Edwards. The popularity of WANT declined with the emergence of competition from FM radio in the early 1980s and by the early 1990s the station was off the air and virtually abandoned.
   
New
Ownership
In 1994, Mike Mazursky, a veteran radio manager who grew up in the radio business and Charles Milkis, a communications attorney who grew up in the television business, created the vision of returning 990AM to the air as a new radio station. Mazursky and Milkis endured several years of negotiations and legal hurdles to acquire the 990AM license and transmitter site, and then rebuilt the station. On January 31, 1997, just eight days before the FCC would have canceled the license to operate 990AM in Richmond under a congressional mandate to eliminate any stations off the air for over 12 months, Mazursky and Milkis's 4M Communications returned 990AM to the Richmond airwaves with a news radio format under new call letters, WVNZ.
   
Power
Increase
Under local ownership led by Mazursky and Milkis, 4M Communications is committed to restoring the prominence of the 990AM frequency in Richmond. In the 48 years since 990AM first began entertaining and informing Richmonders, the Richmond metropolitan area has grown substantially. Originally authorized by the FCC to operate with 1,000 watts power, Mazursky and Milkis are working towards a significant increase of 990AM's power and coverage area.
   
NewsRadio
1340AM,
Tri-Cities
In addition to the power increase, Mazursky and Milkis are actively pursuing other ways to expand the reach of NewsRadio 990AM's programming to listeners in the Richmond metropolitan area. Mazursky and Milkis acquired WHAP, 1340AM in Hopewell, Virginia, and simulcast NewsRadio 990AM's programming on 1340AM, thus expanding WVNZ's reach to the Tri-Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg. Like 990AM in Richmond, 1340AM has a long history in serving the Tri-Cities for more than 50 years.
   
Internet
Broadcasting
Mazursky and Milkis are aggressively exploring ways to use the Internet. Since December 1998 NewsRadio 990AM's programming has been simulcast on the Internet, making it the first radio station in Richmond to be simulcast on the Internet. Now, listeners can take our programming from their homes into their cars and then into their offices.


Weekdays
Midnight
- Noon
News
Noon - 12:30PM
WTVR Newschannel 6 News
12:30PM - 6PM
News
6PM - 6:30PM
WTVR Newschannel 6 News
6:30PM - Midnight
Saturday
Midnight - 7AM
News
7AM - 8AM
8AM - 9AM
Informational Programming
9AM - 10AM
10AM - 11AM
11AM- Noon
Noon - 2PM
News
2PM - 2:30PM
2:30PM - Midnight
News
Sunday
Midnight - 9AM
News
9AM - 11AM
In Richmond
11AM - 11PM
News
11PM - 11:30PM
11:30PM - Midnight
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Central Virginia's Only News Station | Richmond's First Internet Radio Station | Locally Owned
4 M Communications
306 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.643.0990 | EMail:
news@wvnz.com

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